Wednesday, January 25, 2012

life-change

Here's another post about the values of Nativity Missions. Our values are principles that we believe are essential to the way we carry out or work. They are words to live by, things to be mindful of, attitudes to adopt as you carry out mission work at Nativity. Today's value is
life-change
A few days ago I wrote about our value of story. That post talked about the value of telling stories of life-change, but maybe I should have posted about life-change first... In church world, the numbers don't tell the whole story. Numbers matter, they represent lives, but attendance, giving, program sign-ups, etc. don't give us the full picture. Changed lives is the win for Nativity. The Gospel message isn't meant to just influence, inspire, or educate people, it is meant to completely change lives from the inside out. Life-change is the win, but it has a twist...

We don't have the power to change lives. (If you do, please leave a comment or e-mail me!) But God does. He wants to change us, to make us completely whole and perfect in him. The part we play is in preparing the atmosphere, creating the environment in which God can move and work. We prepare our own hearts to be used by God and we prepare experiences (like short-term mission trips and small group discussions) where God can show up. He said he would give us the holy Spirit and power to be witnesses locally, nationally and internationally. We're after life-change, only God can do it, so we do our part to set the stage and expect him to show up in big ways.

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